Bella Vida by Letty

Puerto Rico

Every turn is a New Opportunity

San Juan Puerto Rico 2008
“Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. You’re curious and smart and bored, and all you see is the choice between working hard and slacking off. There are so many adventures that you miss because you’re waiting to think of a plan. To find them, look for tiny interesting choices. And remember that you are always making up the future as you go.” Randall Munroe

La Puerta de San Juan Puerto Rico 2008

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr.

La Puerta de San Juan Puerto Rico 2008
“The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.” Epictetus

“A wise man turns chance into good fortune.” Thomas Fuller

“Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.” Dorothy Allison

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Favorite Places ~ Old San Juan Puerto Rico

“You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.” Alec Waugh
Old San Juan Puerto Rico Sunny Day 2008

My favorite place on the planet is Old San Juan Puerto Rico.  I never tire of walking street after street. Each visit holds new surprises. If you end up walking with me you’re in trouble because I can walk forever.

I love the off balance sensation of stepping on gray worn cobblestone laid centuries before.  I love the mystery of following unplanned paths that will eventually lead me to the deep blue oceans edge.  There is no wrong way.  There is no getting lost. Taking the challenging uphill walkway past a music school I saunter to the pace of bomba which will transform to salsa, reggaeton or merengue as I continue onward.  At the top of Calle Cristo my eyes are greeted with an explosion of colors. On every facade is a festival for the eyes in a pattern eluding repetition.  My eyes feasting on colors like candies; pilon lollipops  pasta de guayaba, coco-pina, miel con almendra, ajonjoli, limber de parcha, papaya-lechoza and crema de coco.

 

 

Old San Juan Puerto Rico – rainy day 2008

Seeking relief from the sun or natures other elements the museums, art galleries and studios became my playground   Shops and boutiques display cultural treasures; local handmade arts and crafts. Admiring and appreciating every piece made on this island fills my soul with inspiration.  I feel a camaraderie with these artists. The commonality of artistic qualities and roots to the island is very comforting. I am less lonely knowing there are others like me.

I feel connected to this place with every swirling sound, graced texture, dancing vision and pleasing aroma.  I feel connected by family, by blood by DNA from the ends of my long curly black hair to the tippy tips of my aura. Every cell of my being has been switched ON to happy.

 

La Fortaleza – Palacio de Santa Catalina Puerto Rico – rainy day 2008

 

I get that sensation each time I visit my favorite place.

“How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you – you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences – like rags and shreds of your very life.” Katherine Mansfield

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Rainy Photographs of Puerto Rico

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” Roger Miller
Capilla del Cristo Old San Juan Puerto Rico 2008

I love pictures of the rain, rainy days, rain washed settings . . .
The clouds conceal the light leaving it’s affects on how color is perceived.
Dark clouds stir emotions like a warning of something coming inciting the feeling of needing protection.

Old San Juan Puerto Rico 2008

I love rain water reflections. Precious diamond moments when we see ourselves projected outside of our bodies. Reminding us that we are here. We are alive. Ceaselessly taking part in the endless chain of being affected and affecting the universe.

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery Old San Juan Puerto Rico 2008
“The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.” Joan Didion
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” Langston Hughes

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Black & White Photography tell the history of the Women of Puerto Rico

I’m a naturally curious person who loves to read.  In particular I like to read about Puerto Rico and it’s history since I never did so in my formal education.  It just makes me realize how many gaps there are in my knowledge base.  With all the madness going on in the country wanting to take away any Latino education and making it a crime for immigrants to get an education, I look at these wonderful old photos to see that we have a long way to go.

Progress – to move forward or onward in space or time

I look at these wonderful old photos. I see beautiful faces of hard working women. I look around in the real world and see beautiful faces of hard working women still not getting the support and education required in order for things to be equal. . . for things to be better.

Progress – to advance or develop toward a better, more complete, or more modern state

I look at these wonderful old photos and wonder who will tell my history?  Will my photos remain hidden in trunks or will they be placed in museums next to these hundred year old photos demonstrating our lack of advancement?  Two steps forward, one step back.

Advance –  to increase or rise in amount, value, or price

I am valuable. My life has value as did my mother’s, your mother’s , grandmother’s and so on.

Their history is our history is the worlds history.

I hope you enjoy these beautiful photos that tell the history of the Women of Puerto Rico. They are a small surviving knowledge base I hope you share with others.

  • Title: Porto Rico, Hoeing sugar cane
  • Creator(s): Zahner, M. H.,
  • Date Created/Published: Niagara Falls, N.Y. : M.H. Zahner, publisher, c1899.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print on stereo card : stereograph.
  • Summary: Two women hoeing field, with child standing behind.
  • Title: Amidst the charms of Porto Rico – delicious pineapples in the fields of Mayaguez
  • Creator(s): Strohmeyer & Wyman.,
  • Date Created/Published: New York, N.Y. : Strohmeyer & Wyman, publishers, c1899 Aug. 22.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print on stereo card : stereograph.
  • Summary: Women and children in pineapple field.

  • Title: On the beach at Mayagues, Porto Rico
  • Creator(s): Zahner, M. H.,
  • Date Created/Published: Niagara Falls, N.Y : M.H. Zahner, publisher, c1900 Jan. 30.
  • Medium: 1 photographic print on stereo card : stereograph.
  • Summary: Group of women and children standing on road, under palm trees, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

  • Santurce, Puerto Rico. Women working at the Rodriguez needlework factory. Minimum wage is six dollars a week
  • Creator(s): Delano, Jack, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1942 Jan. 

  • Title: In the fishing village of Puerto Real, many women take in needlework to do at home to supplement their income from fish. The gloves which these women are stitching are being done for a firm in Mayaguez and will eventually be sold in New York. Puerto Rico
  • Creator(s): Delano, Jack, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1942 Jan.

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